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Petrohawk Announces Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results

November 6, 2008

HOUSTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Petrohawk Energy Corporation (“Petrohawk” or the “Company”) today announced its third quarter 2008 financial results as well as updates on a new Haynesville Shale well and on the Company’s acreage position in the Eagle Ford Shale play. A comprehensive quarterly operational update was released on October 21, 2008.

Petrohawk’s production for the third quarter averaged 315 million cubic feet equivalent per day (Mmcfe/d), in-line with the mid-point of guidance for the quarter. Production grew by approximately 11% over second quarter 2008 and by 37% over the same period one year ago, adjusted for the 2007 sale of the Gulf Coast division. Total production for the third quarter was 29.0 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (Bcfe), 92% of which was natural gas.

The Company generated revenues of $305 million for the quarter, an increase of 43% over the same period of 2007, bolstered by higher commodity price realizations. Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital (cash flow from operations, a non-GAAP measure) was $177 million, or $0.74 per fully diluted common share, for the quarter. After adjusting for selected items, net income for the quarter was $0.19 per fully diluted common share, or $44 million after tax, versus $29 million, or $0.17 per fully diluted common share one year ago (see Selected Item Review and Reconciliation table for additional information). Selected items for the third quarter include a $424 million non-cash derivative gain due to the accounting effect of lower commodity prices on the Company’s long-term derivative position. Before excluding selected items, $305 million in net income was reported for the quarter.

Lease operating costs, an important measure of the durability of the Company’s core assets, are an ongoing focus at Petrohawk. Third quarter per unit lease operating costs were the lowest in the Company’s history at $0.43 per Mcfe, compared to $0.50 per Mcfe reported for the second quarter of 2008 and $0.57 per Mcfe reported for the third quarter of 2007. Since third quarter 2007, per unit lease operating costs have decreased by 25%. Total operating costs for the quarter, including lease operating, taxes other than income, workover, gathering and transportation costs, were $1.34 per Mcfe.

During the third quarter, natural gas price realizations were $9.68 per Mcf, or 95% of the average NYMEX price for the quarter of $10.24. Oil price realizations were $117.14 per Bbl. This figure reflects a realization of 99% of the average NYMEX price for the quarter of $117.98.

During the second half of 2008 and into 2009, Petrohawk is undertaking a significant expansion of its gathering systems to service growing production from the Haynesville, Fayetteville and the Eagle Ford Shales. The Fayetteville Shale gathering project is expected to be completed by year-end 2008. These projects, along with the Company’s ongoing focus on optimizing marketing and transportation arrangements, should help support price realizations near historical levels, which have not reflected significant differentials from NYMEX pricing. However, the Company is experiencing widening basis differentials on a portion of production from the Fayetteville Shale. This issue should be alleviated upon completion of the Boardwalk gas pipeline which is expected to be completed in December 2008.

At September 30, 2008, Petrohawk had approximately $257 million of cash and marketable securities and $1.1 billion in revolver capacity. During the nine months ended September 30, 2008, the Company expended $548 million on drilling and completions.

Petrohawk’s previously stated guidance for the full year 2008 includes expected average daily production of between 295 and 315 Mmcfe/d. For the fourth quarter 2008, average daily production is expected to be between 355 and 365 Mmcfe/d.

“During the quarter we delivered double-digit production growth, further decreased lease operating costs and we are expecting significant production growth again in the fourth quarter,” said Floyd C. Wilson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As evidenced by performance in each of our core areas, our staff continues to successfully explore and develop at the cutting edge in some of the most economic and prospective shale plays in North America.

“From a balance sheet perspective, we have navigated the recent turmoil in the markets through drilling performance, a conservative financing structure with substantial liquidity, a low operating cost structure, and aggressive exploration, enhancing our capability to deliver growth even when capital conservation is in order. Our ability to decelerate or accelerate our program when desired is an important tool we have used amidst unprecedented volatility. The incredible opportunities within our portfolio provide Petrohawk with a multi-year platform for economic growth.”

New Well Completed in the Haynesville Shale

Since its operational update on October 21, 2008, Petrohawk has completed one additional well in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, targeting the Haynesville Shale. The EGP #64H (100% WI), located in Section 10, Township 16 North, Range 11 West, was placed on production at a rate of approximately 15.7 Mmcfe/d, on a 24/64″ choke with 6,700 pounds flowing casing pressure. The well has a lateral length of approximately 4,100 feet and was completed using 12 stages of fracture stimulation.

The Company has completed a total of four wells in the Haynesville Shale, all with initial production rates over 15 Mmcfe/d. Petrohawk expects to average 14 operated rigs during 2009 in this area, targeting the Haynesville Shale, Bossier Shale and the Cotton Valley Lime formations. Twelve of these rigs will drill locations in Northwest Louisiana, and two will drill on acreage in East Texas.

Petrohawk Expands Leasehold in Eagle Ford Shale

Petrohawk has leased an additional 50,000 net acres contiguous to its original 100,000 net acre leasehold position, which the Company believes is equally prospective for commercial production from the Eagle Ford Shale play. The 150,000 net acre position spans from La Salle County, Texas eastward into neighboring McMullen County, Texas. Petrohawk is currently drilling the lateral on its second test well in the play and anticipates completing the well later this month. The Company plans to continue developing its acreage using one rig for the balance of 2008 and 2009.

Petrohawk Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Petrohawk will host a conference call on Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. CST (10:00 a.m. EST) to discuss third quarter 2008 financial and operating results. To access the call, dial 800-644-8607 five minutes before the call begins. Please reference Petrohawk Energy Conference ID 67472974. International callers may also participate by dialing 706-679-8184. A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the live broadcast ends and will be accessible until November 20, 2008. To access the replay, please dial 800-642-1687 and reference conference ID 67472974. International callers may listen to a playback by dialing 706-645-9291, also referencing conference ID 67472974. In addition, the call will be available via webcast on Petrohawk’s website at http://www.petrohawk.com/.

Petrohawk Energy Corporation is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, production, exploration and development of natural gas and oil with properties concentrated in Northwest Louisiana and East Texas (Haynesville / Bossier Shale and Cotton Valley), Arkansas (Fayetteville Shale), South Texas (Eagle Ford Shale), Oklahoma and the Permian basin.

For more information contact Joan Dunlap, Vice President – Investor Relations, at 832-204-2737 or jdunlap@petrohawk.com. For additional information about Petrohawk, please visit our website at http://www.petrohawk.com/.

Additional Information for Investors

This press release contains forward-looking information regarding Petrohawk that is intended to be covered by the safe harbor “forward-looking statements” provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, based on Petrohawk’s current expectations and includes statements regarding acquisitions and divestitures, estimates of future production, future results of operations, quality and nature of the asset base, the assumptions upon which estimates are based and other expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, strategies or statements about future events or performance (often, but not always, using words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “estimates”, “potential”, “possible”, “probable”, or “intends”, or stating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “will”, “should”, or “could” be taken, occur or be achieved). Statements concerning oil and gas reserves also may be deemed to be forward-looking statements in that they reflect estimates based on certain assumptions that the resources involved can be economically exploited. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in these statements. These risks include, but are not limited to: the risks of the oil and gas industry (for example, operational risks in exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; risks and uncertainties involving geology of oil and gas deposits; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to future production, costs and expenses; potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; health, safety and environmental risks and risks related to weather such as hurricanes and other natural disasters); uncertainties as to the availability and cost of financing; fluctuations in oil and gas prices; risks associated with derivative positions; inability to realize expected value from acquisitions, inability of our management team to execute its plans to meet its goals, shortages of drilling equipment, oil field personnel and services, unavailability of gathering systems, pipelines and processing facilities and the possibility that government policies may change or governmental approvals may be delayed or withheld. Additional information on these and other factors which could affect Petrohawk’s operations or financial results are included in Petrohawk’s reports on file with the SEC. Investors are cautioned that any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from the projections in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management at the time the statements are made. Petrohawk does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements should circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions change.

                        PETROHAWK ENERGY CORPORATION        CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)                  (In thousands, except per share amounts)                              Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended                                September 30,         September 30,                             ------------------     -----------------                              2008      2007         2008       2007                             -----      -------     -----       -----   Operating revenues:    Oil and gas             $304,960  $213,337     $824,531     $656,062   Operating expenses:    Production:     Lease operating          12,324    17,236       37,621       50,528     Workover and other        1,696     2,110        3,482        6,132    Taxes other than income   12,185    12,844       37,185       43,122    Gathering, transportation     and other                12,489     8,265       32,956       23,288    General and     administrative           18,996    15,839       52,364       48,420    Depletion, depreciation     and amortization         99,400   101,112      269,221      297,160                             -------   -------      -------      -------     Total operating      expenses               157,090   157,406      432,829      468,650                             -------   -------      -------      -------   Income from operations    147,870    55,931      391,702      187,412   Other income (expenses):    Net gain (loss) on     derivative contracts    388,216    20,337      (32,130)      (7,005)    Interest expense and     other                   (40,018)  (34,308)    (102,709)     (96,847)                             --------  --------    ---------     --------     Total other income      (expenses)             348,198   (13,971)    (134,839)    (103,852)                             --------  --------    ---------    ---------   Income before income    taxes                    496,068    41,960      256,863       83,560   Income tax provision     (190,603)  (15,165)     (99,776)     (30,549)                            ---------  --------     --------     --------   Net income available to    common stockholders     $305,465   $26,795     $157,087      $53,011                            ========   ========    =========     ========    Net income per share of common stock:    Basic                      $1.30     $0.16        $0.75        $0.32                               =====     =====        =====        =====    Diluted                    $1.28     $0.16        $0.74        $0.31                               =====     =====        =====        =====    Weighted average shares outstanding:    Basic                    235,235   167,920      208,549      167,671                             =======   =======      =======      =======    Diluted                  239,479   172,273      212,503      171,779                             =======   =======      =======      =======                          PETROHAWK ENERGY CORPORATION             CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)                               (In thousands)                                                 September 30,   December 31,                                                -------------   ------------                                                     2008          2007                                                -------------   ------------   Assets:   Current assets                                 $546,679       $189,193   Net oil and gas properties                    5,467,360      3,155,672   Other assets                                  1,067,047      1,327,574                                                ----------     ----------   Total assets                                 $7,081,086     $4,672,439                                                ==========     ==========    Liabilities and stockholders' equity:   Current liabilities                            $519,797       $360,497   Long-term debt                                1,829,713      1,595,127   Other noncurrent liabilities                    789,392        707,918   Stockholders' equity                          3,942,184      2,008,897                                                ----------      ---------   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $7,081,086     $4,672,439                                                ==========     ==========                           PETROHAWK ENERGY CORPORATION        CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)                               (In thousands)                                   Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended                                     September 30,          September 30,                                  ------------------     -----------------                                    2008       2007       2008        2007                                  --------   -------     -------    -------   Cash flows from operating activities:   Net income                     $305,465   $26,795    $157,087     $53,011   Adjustments to reconcile net   income to net cash provided   by operating activities:    Depletion, depreciation and     amortization                   99,400   101,112     269,221     297,160    Income tax provision           190,603    15,165      99,776      30,549    Stock-based compensation         3,389     3,581       9,068       9,866    Net unrealized (gain) loss     on derivative contracts      (423,917)    3,024     (57,337)     48,062    Net realized gain on     derivative contracts acquired       -      (684)          -      (3,113)    Other                            2,211     1,520       2,292       4,258                                  ---------  --------    --------    --------   Cash flow from operations    before changes in working    capital                        177,151   150,513     480,107     439,793   Changes in working capital       60,044         6      45,677      13,195                                   -------   -------     -------     -------   Net cash provided by operating    activities                     237,195   150,519     525,784     452,988                                   -------   -------     -------     -------    Cash flows from investing activities:    Oil and gas capital     expenditures               (1,151,837) (243,991) (2,545,944)   (699,884)    Acquisition of One Tec,     LLC, net of cash acquired     of $2,145                           -   (39,910)          -     (39,910)    Proceeds received (outlayed)     from sale of oil and gas     properties                     (3,576)     (792)    107,324       8,063    Marketable securities     purchased                  (1,034,979)        -  (2,151,077)          -    Marketable securities     redeemed                    1,271,971         -   1,898,358           -    Decrease in restricted cash          -         -     269,837           -    Other operating property     and equipment expenditures    (44,484)     (517)    (75,525)     (2,502)                                   --------     -----   ---------     -------   Net cash used in investing    activities                    (962,905) (285,210) (2,497,027)   (734,233)                                  --------- --------- -----------   ---------    Cash flows from financing activities:    Proceeds from exercise     of options                        510       996      10,770       2,962    Proceeds from issuance of     common stock                  762,738         -   1,831,951           -    Offering costs                 (29,037)        -     (73,754)          -    Proceeds from borrowings       368,000   295,000   1,964,000     782,000    Repayment of borrowings       (368,865) (158,332) (1,736,266)   (501,170)    Debt issue costs                (4,832)        -     (23,391)          -    Net realized gain on     derivative contracts acquired       -       684           -       3,113    Other                                -        47           -      (1,452)                                   --------  --------  ----------    --------   Net cash provided by financing    activities                     728,514   138,395   1,973,310     285,453                                   --------  --------  ----------    --------    Net increase in cash              2,804     3,704       2,067       4,208    Cash at beginning of period       1,075     6,097       1,812       5,593                                    ------    ------      ------      ------   Cash at end of period            $3,879    $9,801      $3,879      $9,801                                    ======    ======      ======      ======                           PETROHAWK ENERGY CORPORATION                    SELECTED OPERATING DATA (Unaudited)           (In thousands, except per unit and per share amounts)                                 Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended                                   September 30,          September 30,                                ------------------     -----------------                                2008        2007        2008        2007                                ------     -------     -------    ------   Production:   Natural gas - Mmcf         26,701      25,601       71,637      75,196   Crude oil - Mbbl              378         742        1,128       2,221   Natural gas equivalent    - Mmcfe                   28,972      30,052       78,405      88,522   Average daily production    - Mmcfe                      315         327          286         324    Average price per unit:   Realized natural gas    price - Mcf - as reported  $9.68       $6.22        $9.71       $6.85   Realized impact of    derivatives - Mcf          (0.85)       0.99        (0.79)       0.54                               ------      -----        ------      ------   Net realized natural gas    price - Mcf                $8.83       $7.21        $8.92       $7.39                               ======      =====        ======      ======    Realized crude oil price    - Bbl - as reported      $117.14      $73.04      $110.17      $63.73   Realized impact of    derivatives - Bbl         (34.28)      (2.68)      (30.47)       0.24                             --------     -------     --------     -------   Net realized crude oil    price - Bbl               $82.86      $70.36       $79.70      $63.97                             =======      =======     ========     =======    Cash flow from    operations(1)           $177,151    $150,513     $480,107    $439,793   Cash flow from operations    - per share (diluted)      $0.74       $0.87        $2.26       $2.56    Average cost per Mcfe:   Production:    Lease operating            $0.43       $0.57        $0.48       $0.57    Workover and other          0.06        0.07         0.04        0.07   Taxes other than income      0.42        0.43         0.47        0.49   Gathering, transportation    and other                   0.43        0.28         0.42        0.26   General and administrative:    General and administrative  0.54        0.41         0.55        0.44    Stock-based compensation    0.12        0.12         0.12        0.11   Depletion                    3.39        3.32         3.39        3.32    (1) Represents cash flow from operations before changes in working       capital. See the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash       Flows for a reconciliation from this non-GAAP financial measure to the       most comparable GAAP financial measure.                           PETROHAWK ENERGY CORPORATION            SELECTED ITEM REVIEW AND RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)                  (In thousands, except per share amounts)                                Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended                                  September 30,         September 30,                               ------------------     -----------------                                 2008      2007        2008      2007                               --------  --------     -------   -------    Unrealized (gain) loss on   derivatives:(1)    Natural gas               $(374,622)   $111     $(51,111)   $36,588    Crude oil                   (49,295)  2,913       (6,226)    11,474                              ----------  -----     ---------   -------     Total mark-to-market      non-cash charge          (423,917)  3,024      (57,337)    48,062   Master limited partnership    withdrawal                        -       -        3,352          -   Senior revolving credit    facility reduction                -       -          782          -                               --------  -------     --------    -------   Total selected items, before    tax                        (423,917)  3,024      (53,203)    48,062   Income tax effect of    selected items              162,403  (1,106)      20,382    (17,571)                               --------- -------     --------   --------   Selected items, net of tax  (261,514)  1,918      (32,821)    30,491   Net income available to    common stockholders, as    reported                    305,465  26,795      157,087     53,011                                -------  ------      -------     ------   Net income available to    common stockholders,    excluding selected items    $43,951 $28,713     $124,266    $83,502                                ======= =======     ========    =======    Basic net income per share    of common stock, as reported  $1.30   $0.16        $0.75      $0.32   Impact of selected items       (1.11)   0.01        (0.16)      0.18                                  ------  -----        ------     -----   Basic net income per share    of common stock, excluding    selected items                $0.19   $0.17        $0.59      $0.50                                  =====   =====        =====      =====    Diluted net income per share    of common stock, as reported  $1.28   $0.16        $0.74      $0.31   Impact of selected items       (1.09)   0.01        (0.15)      0.18                                  ------  -----        ------     -----   Diluted net income per share    of common stock, excluding    selected items                $0.19   $0.17        $0.59      $0.49                                  ======  =====        ======     =====    (1) Represents the unrealized (gain) loss associated with the mark-to-       market valuation of outstanding derivative positions at September 30,       2008 and 2007.  

Petrohawk Energy Corporation

CONTACT: Joan Dunlap, Vice President – Investor Relations, of PetrohawkEnergy Corporation, +1-832-204-2737, jdunlap@petrohawk.com

Web site: http://www.petrohawk.com/




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